Dixon, Elizabeth (1759-1836)
MEMOIR OF ELIZABETH DIXON,
Elizabeth Dixon of Swallow, widow of John Dixon, was born at Tetney in Lincolnshire. Her parents were honest and industrious; but she lived thirty-seven years without saving religion; but about forty years ago she was convinced under the ministry of the W. Methodists, obtained remission of sins, and joined the W. Connexion; and for many years had to go to Irby, two miles distant, to the means of grace; and though her family was large she seldom neglected; and at length had the means in her own house.
When the P. Methodists visited those parts, her husband took them in; and the W. Methodists leaving, she united with the P. Methodists, and continued an upright member to the day of her death. She was an industrious woman: and her honesty, uprightness, punctuality, and stability, gained her the esteem of her neighbours. And she was an honour to the cause of God in this part of his vineyard. And her husband went hand in hand with her for many years; until it pleased the Lord to remove him by death: see, an account of the death of John Dixon in the Magazine for 1835.
This was a severe stroke, and her health began gradually to decline. But in all her sufferings she enjoyed Divine peace. She confessed the Lord before men, and praised him with all her heart
May 12,1 saw her for the last time; and at parting she said, “Perhaps I shall never see you again in this world. – I shall soon have done here below, for I feel I am going very fast. I get so weak and feeble that I expect in a few weeks more I shall be gone to my reward, to be for ever with my dear Lord and Saviour in glory. Then I shall see him as he is. I shall see him face to face. – If we never meet on earth more, we shall meet again in heaven; with saints and angels join to sing the praises of our God and King, in glory, glory.”
Her house was a regular home for one of the preachers; and the means of grace continued under her roof, to the day of her death. And, praise the Lord, the means are still continued in the same house, by the kindness of her son-in-law, James Hill, and his wife. May the good Lord bless them with a thousand blessings.
The day before her death, when several friends, who were conversing with her, asked her the state of her soul, she said, “Praise the Lord, I feel happy in the God of my salvation, in him will I trust. I long to be gone and be with Christ Jesus, for I know he is mine, and I am his, and I shall soon be with him in yon bright realms of day. – I feel for me to live is Christ, but to die would be gain.”
On the day following, which was June 30, 1836, aged seventy-seven years, she retained the same confidence, and bright evidence of glory; and departed this life in full triumph of faith.
By the request of her friends and -the society, I improved her death, in the shop of Mr. Robinson, wheelwright, which he kindly lent for the purpose, on Sunday, July 24, 1836, to .a large and weeping congregation, from Rev. xiv. 13; and I trust good was done.
(Approved by the Circuit Committee)
Primitive Methodist Magazine, 1838. Pages 145-146.